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Articles: Shriek!!! Apple just made my "New" iPad Obsolete!

I gotta tell ya, I get kind of annoyed when I hear the word “obsolete” used in conjunction with the introduction of an updated piece of technology.

This is the definition of “obsolete,” according 1. no longer in general use; fallen into disuse: an obsolete expression. 2. of a discarded or outmoded type; out of date: an obsolete battleship. 3. (of a linguistic form) no longer in use, especially, out of use for at least the past century. Compare archaic.

Apple’s sales of the iPad since its introduction is approaching 100 million units. So if we invoke the definition of obsolete, when they introduced the fourth generation model we should have heard almost 100 million iPads clunking to the floor or being thrown into the recycling bin.

The truth of the matter is that when a more advanced piece of technology is introduced, all it means is that someone else in the world will have a piece of technology that might be faster or somewhat cooler in a few respects. If the thing that drives you is to always have technology at your fingertips that is better than anyone else has, you’re going to be chasing that rabbit like the greyhound at a dog track... forever. And the technology manufacturers will love you, even as you hurl invectives their way.

When you buy anything, you’re essentially agreeing that at that moment, the money you’re going to exchange for that item is a reasonable deal. There’s no inherent understanding to be had that you’re to be protected from anything other than its warranty for functionality. (If it even has one. There are plenty of items sold out there sold “as is.”)

If, the next day, something newer and faster is introduced, it doesn’t change the function of the item you have one iota. I still have a first generation iPad, and it does everything I wanted it to do the first time I used it. There could be a 3D, super-computer-fast iPad out there somewhere, and that fact wouldn’t change.

When we buy a piece of technology, something new may come out a few weeks later, or a few months, or a few years. It’s unpredictable. But no matter where your item is on that timeline, none of that changes the fact that you agreed that the thing would serve its purpose when you bought it. If you never want to have something that is not the latest, fastest, or bestest, you only have two options: one is to buy every version of every piece of technology as soon as it’s introduced. The other is to never buy anything.

Technology will always be improved upon. That’s the deal. If you don’t want that to happen, then be content with an abacus. Sometimes you have the latest, sometimes you don’t. But whatever you buy, it is not rendered obsolete the minute a new one comes out. It just means someone else in the world has something “better.” Indeed, being annoyed that your neighbor has a better iPad nullifies two facts: you had one before they did and got the use of it during that time, and that you're essentially saying your purchases are being made based more on what the rest of the world has than what that item will do for you. Which really, doesn't make a lot of sense.

At PowerMax, we have a famous trade-in program, and we’ve become the country’s leading reseller of pre-owned Macs and other Apple products. We enjoy that place in the ecosystem, partly because it allows us to participate in the idea that technology of many generations has uses for a myriad of people. If you bought something six months ago, and want to upgrade to the latest today, we will absolutely delight in facilitating that for you. It’s your right to own whatever you want to legally own, and we make our living selling those kinds of things to people like you.

I’m just saying that given the fact that 1.6 billion people in this world don’t even have electricity, it’s good to remember that any angst over the timing of a release of any kind of technology is truly a “first world problem,” and not really necessary.

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